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Why Being in School Matters: Chronic Absenteeism in Oregon Public Schools

This analysis revealed that chronic absence is a significant issue in Oregon, dragging down academic performance, for communities and students of all demographic backgrounds, but especially those in families living in poverty.The good news is that this research also shows that chronic absence is a solvable problem. While many schools are struggling with high levels of chronic absence, the research also identified schools that are beating the odds by maintaining higher than expected attendance rates despite serving high risk populations.

Target Audience: Administrator, Policy maker
Classification: Research
Indicator area: Attendance
Root Cause: Outside Factors
Source: Attendance Works, Children's Institute, ECONorthwest, Chalkboard Project
Authors: Melanie Hart Buehler, John Tapogna, Hedy Chang